Veg Hut is a Tamilian restaurant which specialises in Coimbatore style food. Located in Block A of the RDK Building, opposite the imposing Dubai Investments building, my food buddy Sam and I observed that the restaurant’s interior was spotlessly clean rather than elaborately decorated. It was comforting to find a bottle of hand sanitizer on the cash counter, a sign the restaurant is taking hygiene seriously during these trying times. Regardless, Sam offered me one of his Dettol wipes to clean the cutlery with – too much? I don’t think anything is too much these days.
Our breakfast started with the usual Idli-Vada dip. The first thing we noticed was how different the sambar was; Veg Hut serves Palakkad Style Brahmin Sambar which is thicker, less tangy but more pungent than the sambars served in other restaurants. The idli was as close to perfect as I have had but the vada had soaked up too much sambar by the time it was served and wasn’t as crunchy as I like.
Coimbatore style dosas are served in triangles and have the potato masala spread like butter-on-toast on the inside – it’s simply the coolest thing and unbelievably delicious. They’re a little oily but that’s only because ghee in many parts of Tamil Nadu equals love; the more ghee, the more love. We also ordered an onion rava dosa which wasn’t nearly as good. Stick to the masala dosa – it’s miles better.
Service was typically South Indian; friendly, hospitable and eager to please. We were looked after by headwaiter, Prasath and supervisor, Kumar – both of whom checked on us several times during our meal, Prasath convincing us to try their amazing filter coffee (I had two). They turned a good meal into a great, feel good experience – my thanks to them both.
I found prices very affordable – our bill (pictured) came to under AED60. Considering there’s a flagship Puranmal and an Appam Corner in the same building, I think it is testament to the quality of this little restaurant that it was packed – well worth a visit.
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